In the topsy-turvy aftermath of the Trump presidency and Russiagate hoax, even Rudolph Giuliani can be truthful and yet be pilloried for saying what is obvious. Giuliani became mayor of New York City in 1993 when he appealed to white racism and defeated David Dinkins. He was the Trump of his time, making clear that he would be the white people’s representative and he remained committed to his constituents’ expectations. He then went on to undeserved fame and greater personal wealth because he happened to be in office on September 11, 2001.
Giuliani is back in the news as Donald Trump’s personal attorney and his stock has fallen because of it. The same corporate media who loved him as “America’s mayor” now hang on to his every word for the express purpose of condemning him even if he makes a valid point. Such was the case after an appearance on Meet the Press when he explained why Trump hasn’t spoken to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I’m not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury.” That is a sensible statement for a defense attorney to make. He followed up his remark with an unartful comment, “Truth isn’t truth.” Immediately the so-called resistance began finger pointing and clutching their pearls.
If these arbiters of veracity had any sense they would point out that Giuliani had spilled the beans on how prosecutors do their job. He was a federal prosecutor himself, and knows quite well that he, Mueller and everyone else who has ever done that work present one party as a liar and the other as the truth teller based upon the outcome they want, not on facts. They use the law to get whomever it is they want to convict, and orchestrate their cases accordingly. This prosecutorial malfeasance is one reason why there are more than 2 million incarcerated people in this country.
Giuliani posed an interesting question during his unintentional confession. If Trump and James Comey have differing versions of events, who decides what is true and what isn’t? Mueller will decide and he would likely decide in Comey’s favor. What should have been a teachable moment turned into another opportunity for nonsensical Russiagate propaganda.
While the “resistance” make foolish hay over Giuliani, they lift up former CIA director John Brennan as a paragon of virtue. Brennan is being painted with a halo over his head because he openly opposes Trump, who responded by revoking his security clearance. This action should be of no concern to any real leftists. Brennan is among the worst of the rogues’ gallery who lied about WMD in Iraq, sanctioned rendition and torture, and supported jihadists in the destruction of Libya. Brennan ordered the CIA to spy on the congressional committee investigating torture and then lied about having done so.
Now he is a regular guest on MSNBC and pens op-eds in the New York Times calling Trump a traitor who colluded with Russia. But his duplicity has not gone unnoticed. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr demanded that he put up or shut up. “If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the special counsel, not the New York Times. If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.” It should be noted that Burr allowed current CIA director Gina Haspel to classify her role in the torture program and thus ensure her confirmation by the Senate.
Brennan is among those getting praise for all the wrong reasons. He thought Hillary Clinton would win and he is now out in the cold. Giuliani publicly fingered him as the deep state anti-Trump ringleader and he is walking back his allegations. “I didn’t mean that he committed treason. But it was a term that I used, ‘nothing short of treasonous.’”
The Russiagate investigation is proof that this country is run by liars, race baiters, warmongers, torturers and their enablers. The Brennans of the world work for both Republican and Democratic administrations. The Guilianis and Trumps thrive politically by publicly declaring and then acting upon racist intent. All of these evildoers are upheld by the corporate media if they curry favor well enough.
They shouldn’t be able to influence those who purport to be on the left. Anyone who is really paying attention can see that the criminal gangs at the top are exposing themselves. They are all enemies of the people and the people should loudly say that none of these emperors are wearing any clothes.
Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.